Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review

The Echo Dot has always been more smart than speaker. Originally designed to deliver cheap and easy access to Alexa, the Echo Dot was never about sound quality. Aside from making Alexa’s voice audible and playing music back at a volume level that just barely served as a wake-up alarm, the Dot’s best utility was as a sound source for a bigger speaker system. With the latest version of the Echo Dot, however, that’s all changed.


Bigger and more powerful than before, the third-generation Echo Dot ($50) is a proper speaker. In fact, this new Dot has us wondering if it might eat into Amazon’s standard Echo speaker sales – it’s that much better.

Out of the box

Cracking open the Echo Dot’s turquoise box reveals a speaker that has clearly received an overhaul. The new Dot is still hockey-puck shaped, and it’s still compact enough, but you can see it is considerably larger. Picking up the speaker makes it clear it’s put on some weight as well.

The new Dot’s slightly wider base is treated with an even grippier spread of anti-slide silicon, and it feels great. The top of the speaker sports the same array of four control buttons, each next to a pin-sized microphone hole, though the microphone mute button has a different icon this time around.

The circumference of the speaker is wrapped in fabric (charcoal, heather gray, or sandstone depending on color choice) much like the Apple HomePod, which looks like it is bound to pick up stains, especially if it sits in a kitchen, though we’re hopeful a sponge and some mild detergent could help keep it respectably clean.

One surprising change for the new Dot is a new power connection. Amazon has ditched the micro-USB port and gone with a small cylindrical DC power tip and a rounded wall plug.

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from Smart Home – Digital Trends

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review Reviewed by streakoggi on December 18, 2019 Rating: 5
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